any shrub of the berberidaceous genus BerberisSee barberry

Word Origin for berberis

C19: from Medieval Latin, of unknown origin
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Examples from the Web for berberis

Historical Examples of berberis

  • Water does not act on the stamens of Berberis, but it does on the stigma of Mimulus.

  • As he spoke a blackbird came running with a chuckle from underneath the berberis, looked at them with alarm, and ran back.

    The Freelands

    John Galsworthy

  • Examples of this are furnished by the cardiac muscle of the animal, the pulvinus of Mimosa, and the stamen of Berberis.

    Life Movements in Plants

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose

  • Berberis Thunbergii, or Barberry, makes a fine hedge, on account of its beautiful foliage and scarlet fruit.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden

    Helena Rutherfurd Ely

  • Of bushes, the most frequent are the jume (Salicemia) and the calafat (Berberis axifolia).